Ubuntu Linux

From Ubuntu Homepage:

"Ubuntu" is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others". The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.

I was reading a lot about this new distribution of Linux lately (on various sites including Slashdot). I found many people praising it.

It is a debian based distro with a 6 month release cycle. It has Gnome (2.8 at present) as its Desktop Environment. It actually didn't sound bad, so I thought of giving it a try.

Downloaded the installation CD and started. The installation program is text based GUI and is designed to for a straight forward installation.

But I did not opt for installing the boot-loader (I already have one) and then it gave me hard time (harder than FreeBSD and all others) to set it up properly. It might not be Ubuntu's problem because it is designed for enterprise workstations in mind and I was trying a strange installation setup (3 OS already residing in the same disk).

Well, after the setup, I logged to into a nice clean Gnome desktop with a very beautiful (or shall I say smooth) "Human" theme.

It is good as it is debian basically. Points to be noted are specially designed professional look, disabled root account (all system administration is done by "sudo" commands). I tried to install something from Ubuntu repository but it was not available showing the fact that Ubuntu repository is pretty small but good thing is (as it is debian basically :-) most of the debian packages work.

I think Ubuntu is very nice and if I had a faster computer I would have loved to use it but on the hardware I have it is slow for all my day-to-day work.

Yoper (Linux) stays as primary desktop.